• new site is great.

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  • #economy I came across this article today The Myth of Harper’s Economic Competence

    I’d really like to see the Liberal Party get this information out to people. It could be a very good response to Harper’s so-called “steady hand” when it comes to the economy.

    An excerpt:

    “Speaking of Debt…

    • Fact: Between 1996-97 and 2005-06, the Liberal…[Read more]

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    • Martin, When I was involved with my EDA, I wanted to take summaries of issues like this and make hand outs to the general public. Put them under car windows in parking lots etc.
      They where completely un-responsive to such an idea.

      The Liberal Party had quite a few of these short coming lists, of the Harper government, in the 2011 election but I…[Read more]

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      • Good points Rick … not sure. I guess what bothered me was that “I” didn’t know these facts until I tripped over them.

        I think maybe my answer is that we don’t so much use this type of information as a campaign tool, but rather use it to inform Liberals … for example, I wonder how many of our candidates have these figures memorized … and…[Read more]

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  • Bill posted an update 1 day, 4 hours ago

    And who are single moms going to split their income with or is it the Conservative view that being single is their own fault?

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    • Silly, single moms[or dads] just have to get up off their comfy couches and just vote CPC, with if possible a small regular donation…tax credited of course. Better yet take full advantage of one of our other tax payer funded programmes that will help them all to become oil field works in AB. There! Fixed! Next!

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    • Interesting article in The Star today … not only as The C.D. Howe Institute concluded, 85 per cent of households will get no benefit, while 40 per cent of the money would go to one-earner families earning more than $125,000 a year … but apparently this plan is going to cost Ontario tax payers $1 billion in lost revenue while Alberta will pay…[Read more]

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      • “One-earner families earning more than 125k” is pretty standard among Toronto immigrant families, where one of the spouses can find good employment (IT, for example), while the other can’t (i.e. she was a lawyer).

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    • Are you saying that rather than income splitting for families with kids, you advocate per-child tax credit? Are you also saying that for two-parent families we can use one of the spouses’ income to qualify at least for the GST/HST tax credit as opposed to household income?

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      • I am saying that if the government has an extra $2.5 billion to spend (the cost of the income splitting program) that money could be better directed and/or better distributed.

        This plan does not provide ANY tax relief to 85% of Canadian families. And of that $2.5 billion … $1 billion of it is going to go to families that have a household income…[Read more]

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    • If a couple was each donating the maximum to a political party, after income splitting, could a non-working spouse now also get the political tax credit because she now (supposedly) pays federal income tax?

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  • Excited to get back to Queen’s and get working with the Liberals on campus and within the riding of Kingston and the Islands! #summercaucus #renewal

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  • #Renewal
    No Merger for me. Why are some talking merger? Because we got a shilacking in May? Well we deserved it. Hopefully we have taken notice and will do something about it this time. The batlle will be arduous.

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    • Coalition, maybe, merger, no. Just based on my speaking with members of the Liberal party, the cultures of the two parties are too different. Similar enough to produce an alliance maybe, but not a merger.

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      • I agree. While I have respect for many members of the NDP and feel that the parties can find common ground while not in government, the real conflict would begin once government was formed. While in government the strength of the Liberal party has been that can move between moderate right and moderate left based on the conditions of the time.…[Read more]

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      • Ya I hear what you’re saying. We may seem to be similar, yet so different. I get the coalition part, it’s like we are dividing the votes, however I’m a bit concerned that Liberal/Right support might defect to the Cons. I believe that is what happened in May when people saw the Orange Wave coming. I think Harper himself was even surprised how well…[Read more]

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        • I saw two things in the last election: 1) yes, many otherwise centrist votes defected to the Cons to stop the NDP, but 2) many progressives jumped from Lib to NDP to stop the Tories. In a way, the media whipped up this “Orange surge” hype in part to create those two conditions. Well, it certainly felt deliberate. In the past 6 years, never have I…[Read more]

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      • Curious, would you know what their take is on possibly losing support to the Cons, with a coalition/alliance? P&P talked about that this week as a matter of fact.

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    • I agree 100%. Why is there only talk of merging when the Liberals don’t do well? When the NDP had 14 seats, no mention of merging then was there? And, when they are there again, there’ll be no chance of it then. I think that, when Jack Layton clicked in Qubec, people were looking for an alternative to Harper and, unfortunately, Iggy wasn’t it.…[Read more]

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    • I don’t think this is that new. More like common sense. I read an article about discipline.
      Basically it said, you have to reach the individual core values.

      For me, I don’t want a traffic ticket because I don’t want to pay the fine or the increased insurance costs, so try not to speed.
      For a few other people, they could care less. They would…[Read more]

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    • Good article.Thx i’m following these guys on twitter now. I hear Soufani wrote a very good book about counter terrorism and why the Bush/Cheney reversion to torture was not only abhorrent but ineffective.

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  • Christine Michaud a publié un commentaire 3 years, 2 months ago

    C’est vraiment super ce site web! Et j’ai bien hâte d’écouter au discours de Bob Rae cet après-midi dans le contexte du #caucusdete.

    Sur ce, André est-ce qu’il y a des détails qui sont sortis par rapport à la #convention cet hiver? J’imagine que c’est peut être encore un peu tôt.

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    • Salut Christine,
      Les détails pour le congrès biennial #ottawa2012 sont sur le point d’être finalisés. Toute l’info pour le #congrès sera sur le site internet du congrès, lequel devrait être lancé vers la mi-septembre alors garder un oeil sur liberal.ca.

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  • Finally an online community for Liberals to communicate from sea to sea to sea.

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  • Len Rosen posted an update 2 days, 3 hours ago

    #environment Have you read Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything?” If you haven’t and you care about how we develop workable policy to deal with climate change, then I highly recommend you do. I commented on an article Ms. Klein recently wrote for The Globe & Mail in which he addressed the incompatibility of free trade agreements and local…[Read more]

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  • Len Rosen posted an update 3 days ago

    #environment If Canada hopes to reduce its carbon emissions, it should look at how Germany is going about the task with its pursuit of energiewende. See my 21st Century Tech blog posting at: http://www.21stcentech.com/state-germanys-move-energiewende/ for two stories that illustrate the benefits derived in pursuing a low carbon economy.

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    • Bill replied 3 days ago

      I’m willing to bet that all this was driven by much higher energy prices than we have in Canada. (I’m talking about a carbon tax.)

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      • Germany has a number of policies in place around carbon. These include a carbon tax, and preferential feed-in-tariffs to support renewable energy projects. The EU spends more per unit of energy than North America in an effort to support conservation. If it was only about the price then Germany’s strategy would appear counter productive. But…[Read more]

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  • Two important advancements on the middle east, specifically Israel/Palestine:

    A Symbolic Vote in Britain Recognizes a Palestinian State

    and …

    Ban Ki-moon criticises Israel for new settlement-building plans

    It is time for the west to step up and begin to end this madness in the middle east. Many of the roots of modern Islamist radicalization…[Read more]

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    • Well said Martin!

      Sweden is also on its way to officially recognize Palestine:

      http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5926370

      I hope the party is listening and paying attention.

      I know of many people who have left the Liberal party based on this issue alone, and now support the NDP. This conflict has been going on for over 50 years and for those who…[Read more]

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      • Thank you Ahmed. I knew I could count on at least one thumbs-up for this post :-)

        I do want to say that that if you have a chance to speak with any of these people that have left the LPC to join the NDP over this particular issue, you might want to point out that abandoning the political party you support over a single issue is often not a good…[Read more]

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        • Yes, you are right, there are more important issues we face, but we should still do what’s right and stand up for the oppressed.

          I am having trouble starting a new thread, so here is one of those important issues that I think we have overlooked for far too…[Read more]

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      • I know it’s time for Canada to do the same

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      • Ahmed, I know people who have left the NDP over the issue of Palestine. Under Mulcair the pro-justice MPs like Libby Davies have been silenced and Paul Manly who was seeking the NDP nomination was not greenlit because he had written to the NDP asking that they stand up to their own written policy when his father, former NDP MP Jim Manly was…[Read more]

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        • I agree that the NDP Is shifting with regards to Palestine, and it would be a great opportunity for the Liberal party to support Ban Ki Moon’s proposals.

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    • It’s clear that if that crusty old Tory party can find the courage and resolve to help pass such a motion, then we have to ask ourselves just when will the Liberal Party rediscover and regain its courage on the Palestinian question? The results are in. For almost 9 years now we have tried the Harper doctrine – always give Israel the benefit of the…[Read more]

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    • https://uk.news.yahoo.com/palestinians-submit-draft-un-resolution-israels-withdrawal-end-133745492.html

      An interesting UN resolution being put forward by the Palestinians.

      I hope the Liberal party will support it. It is calling for the end of the occupation and for Palestinian sovereignty.

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  • Doris Ames posted an update 1 week, 1 day ago

    Why would the PM and Tom Mulclair link the attack on the soldiers in Quebec and this shooting incident in Parliament today to ISIS?
    Do we have any proof that this is anything more than the act of a disaffected mentally ill Canadian who has been riled up by all the talk of violence and war and been stirred to act out his frustrations in an…[Read more]

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    • What really scared me was the silly grin that kept “creeping” onto Harper’s face – and it was kinda creepy, no? I got the impression that he was dying to say “told you so!” The fact that he has his cause-and-effect relationship backwards apparently does not phase him.

      Both of these murders – Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent on Monday and Corporal…[Read more]

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    • I hope that Justin will not be deterred from emphasising the need to identify and understand the root causes of this phenomenon. Only by doing so will we be able to prevent the self-radicalisation of alienated, marginalised individuals. Otherwise we will always be one step behind: responding to attacks, burying the dead, binding up the wounded,…[Read more]

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  • http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/10/21/welcome-to-canada-malala-we-need-your-help/

    Apparently Harper refuses to even meet with this guy…simply unbelievable! For shame! Get involved and retweet if you can.

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  • Doris Ames posted an update 1 week, 6 days ago

    #environment I watched the interview on Power and Politics with David Suzuki today about his tour promoting the inclusion in the Canadian constitution of our right to a healthy environment and I was dismayed. The interviewer poh-poohed the idea as being impossible to achieve because of the complicated amending formula and unnecessary because…[Read more]

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    • Hi Doris … I joined the David Suzuki foundation a while back and am a supporter of the “Blue Dot Project”. I went to the tour show here in Toronto a couple of weeks ago to hear David and others speak … a very moving show. The work these people are doing is fantastic.

      I did not see the P&P episode you mention … maybe a good thing as, from…[Read more]

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      • Whoops! I almost forgot one of the important points I want to make … on 14 October, 2014 the City of Richmond, B.C., unanimously passed a declaration recognizing the right of all people to live in a healthy environment. Richmond joins the Montreal borough of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie as the first municipal bodies in Canada to formally support…[Read more]

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        • Good for Richmond. I hope they read David Boyd’s books on environmental rights.
          Despite what the Neocons tell us the goal is attainable if we act now.

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      • Thanks for replying Martin. I was beginning to think no one agreed with me. I listened to the lovely poem and joined Blue Dot. I hope others will join it soon.

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  • Richard posted an update 1 week, 3 days ago

    #electionnovember
    Just became of this when reading some post on another site.
    Are we sure we don’t want to do some attack ads?

    http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2013/12/16/Harper-Mandela/

    http://westcoastnativenews.com/stephen-harpers-northern-foundation/

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  • http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/10/19/time-running-out-for-harper-as-conservatives-risk-2015-defeat-poll-thompson/

    Only a poll…but yikes CPC! This is the first one i’ve seen after the ISIL motion. JT took minor hit at best on leadership numbers and Mulcair has undoubtedly moved up. Could be there’s more support out there for non combat then i […[Read more]

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  • Bill posted an update 1 week, 5 days ago

    Why did Harper come out with the dire warning about Ebola coming to Canada? Because a fearful voter is more liable to vote Conservative?
    We should be more than glad that not everything that comes out of JTs mouth is geared toward winning the next election at any cost.

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  • #Foreign
    2011,Canada reopened embassy in Libya after Libyan liberation and since Canada has got bilateral relations with Libya,supported them with 20 million during the transitional period.
    And now how the present unrest is? That is what even Hilary Clinton commented after the assasination of US ambassador Chritopher Steevens,how it happened…[Read more]

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  • Bill posted an update 2 weeks ago

    I was recently at a candidates meeting for my home municipality, Meaford ON. There was the usual litany of too-high taxes and government waste. Of course, with regards to spending there is always going to be the should uh, would uh could uhs. (In my view it is all right to make mistakes as long as you can learn from them.)
    However, with regard…[Read more]

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    • I have worked in the Municipal sector for 26 years for a few different Municipalities. Much of north Hastings County is at zero growth or shrinkage. (Could be the swimming in the icy lakes.) Growth and waste have an interesting symbiotic relationship. If a Municipality can eliminate waste, and some have, then growth isn’t as necessary. I believe…[Read more]

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